A TIFF world premiere is locked in, and we thus now have a first trailer for Miss Julie, in which Liv Ullmann restages the seminal August Strindberg play with Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton. The combination of those four names and that source material should be enough, really — I’m not being too presumptuous, right? right — but it also helps when our first in-motion look proves as good as this.
While it remains to be seen how effectively Ullmann can present well-worn source material to a new audience, there are still the hints of chemistry, performance, composition, framing, production design — all of which look rather spectacular. How fortunate that, in less than two months’ time, we’ll have some idea as to how it’s shaken out.
Watch the trailer below:
Taking place at a large country estate in Britain over the course of one 1880s midsummer night, Miss Julie explores the brutal, flirtatious power struggle between Julie and John – a young aristocratic woman and her father’s valet.
She is all hauteur longing for abasement; he, polished but coarse. The two of them held together by mutual loathing and attraction. At turns seductive and tender, savage and bullying, their story builds inevitably to a mad, impulsive tryst. Plans are made in desperation, a vision of a life together – unsure if the morning light then brings hope or hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in an act that is as sublime and horrific as anything in Greek tragedy.
Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie will skillfully weave this great original story of the battle between the sexes and the classes.
TIFF kicks off on September 4th.